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Capture, Fixation and Conversation: How The Matrix Has You and Will Sell You, Part 3/3 Apr 10, 2014

Fixation: The fixing process is important to me theoretically because it’s a cross cutting term. Fixing suggests that capture is not just a matter of direct representation but of representation in a particular way.  So, in so much as platforms, or … Continue reading

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Capture, Fixation and Conversation: How The Matrix Has You and Will Sell You, Part 2/3 Apr 9, 2014

For businesses building digital platforms capture is both a technical and social problem and invitation is one way of addressing it.  How do you build technologies that efficiently allow any user (young, older, in North America or in Africa) to … Continue reading

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Capture, Fixation and Conversation: How The Matrix Has You and Will Sell You, Part 1 of 3 Apr 8, 2014

When I was in graduate school in STS we read Langdon Winner’s Do Artifacts Have Politics,  an excerpt from his book, The Whale and The Reactor.  If you’re not familiar with it, the piece is often remembered for its analysis … Continue reading

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East Coast Code Feb 28, 2013

There’s lots to like about Lawrence Lessig’s book, Code 2.0—particularly, I find, the distinction he draws between “East Coast Code” (i.e., the law) and “West Coast Code” (i.e., computer hardware and software). He sees both as modes of bringing order … Continue reading

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The Relevance of Algorithms Nov 26, 2012

I’m really excited to share my new essay, “The Relevance of Algorithms,” with those of you who are interested in such things. It’s been a treat to get to think through the issues surrounding algorithms and their place in public culture … Continue reading

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